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MMT Collects Sub-bottom Profiler Data

Kongsberg TOPAS 40 data example from the MMT survey, showing outcropping bedrock covered in parts by layered clay. The clay occasionally contains gas filled sediments. (Photo credit: MMT)

MMT (Sweden) completed a survey which includes collection of parametric sub-bottom profile (SBP) data with a Kongsberg TOPAS PS 40 system. The system was hullmounted on MMT´s survey vessel Triad. The survey covered an area of 6000 km2 in the Baltic Sea with an extensive amount of data. The SBP data was collected during a hydrographic survey for the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) where high resolution bathymetric data will be used to update sea charts. Additionally will the SBP data from TOPAS PS 40 give the client a detailed picture of the sediment layers of the surveyed area. MMT´s Technical and Operation Director Martin Wikmar commented, “This particular project has given us extensive experience in high graded parametric sub-bottom profiling. By providing our client the best systems and methods on the market we continuously prove that we are a forefront survey company.” www.mmt.se  


Unithai Shipyard Has Four Vessels Under Repair

Thailand’s Unithai Shipyard & Engineering currently has four vessels undergoing repair - Technomar Shipping’s 33,185 dwt containership Kota Perwira, Ahrenkiel Shipmanagement’s 26,140 dwt bulk carrier Caria, the Almog, a general cargo vessel owned by Dynamic Shipping Services, and the Spar Cetus, a 45,146 dwt bulk carrier from Fleet Management. Unithai Shipyard has another four vessels scheduled to arrive throughout this month (May) - the Stolt Alliance, a 12


First CARAT Exercise Phase Concludes in Philippines

U.S. and Philippine Marines guide their assault boat to sea after departing from the stern ramp of dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) during an amphibious assault exercise near Pilas Island, Philippines. The Philippine Marine Corps is training with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) during the 1st phase of the 13th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series


Editorial: When Up is Down, is Down Up?

As editors, much of our time is spent reading and evaluating, examining a wealth of information to help us determine in which direction particular market segments are heading; trying to forecast “what's hot ... what's not.” Given that this is the Offshore Annual edition, much of my reading and discussions of late have centered on offshore oil and gas production, and the myriad of political and market forces that ultimately determine the "what," "where's


Vroon Name Subsea Support Vessel

VOS Shine: Photo credit Vroon

Vroon Offshore Services name their new SSV 'VOS Shine' in a ceremony at Den Helder in The Netherlands VOS Shine was christened by Mrs Gwen Klaphake, wife of Mr Rolf de Vries, Managing Director, Blue Stream Offshore B.V.. the first charterer of the vessel. The new vessel is a DP-2 Subsea Support Vessel, built at Fujian Southeast Shipyard, Fuzhou in China. Brief particulars of VOS Shine: Length o.a 59.25 m Beam o.a 14.95 m DP Class Class 2, ABS


L-3 SAM to Supply Electrical Package for DanTysk Wind Project

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that together with its associated L-3 companies, it has been awarded a major contract for the supply and installation of the electrical system package on an accommodation platform being built in Kiel, Germany, by Nobiskrug of Rendsburg as part of the DanTysk offshore wind farm project jointly developed by Stadtwerke München (SWM) and Vattenfall. The accommodation platform for the new wind farm is designed to permanently support O&M personnel for


Signal Wins Crosco Contract

Signal International, LLC has announced that its Pascagoula Mississippi east shipyard will upgrade The Zagreb I, a semi submersible drilling rig, for Crosco; the offshore drilling contractor headquartered in Croatia. The work is scheduled to commence in mid-February upon completion of a wet tow of the rig to the Gulf of Mexico from the Ivory Coast of Africa. The work will include replacement of deck cranes, living quarters upgrade


Tognum to Supply Engines for New Ferry

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The propulsion system and power generation specialist, Tognum, has won a contract for its Engines business unit from the Australian shipyard Austal to supply four large diesel engines. The 20V 8000 M71L-model MTU engines, each capable of 9,100 kW (12,376 PS), will provide the main propulsion for the new catamaran ferry Jean de la Valetta operated by Virtu Ferries from Malta. The vessel will also use four on-board gensets powered by S60 engines


Keppel To Build New Jackup Worth US$195 Million For Mexico

Keppel AmFELS LLC, a US wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has won a contract from Mexico's Perforadora Central SA de CV (Perforadora Central) to build a repeat jackup rig valued at about US$195 million. Slated for delivery in 1Q 2013, this latest high specification unit will be based on the LeTourneau Super 116E design. Unlike the existing LeTourneau Super 116Es, this will be the first Super 116E newbuild to be further enhanced to provide


Washington Slams Moscow for 'False Claims' list on Ukraine

 The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued a list of 10 false claims it said Russia was    making in order to justify its operation in Ukraine following Moscow's annexation of the Crimea region last month.   Pulling off its diplomatic gloves, Washington issued its second list in just over a month of false claims it said Russia was    making about Ukraine.   "Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions


North Sea Crude-Forties eases, VLCC options narrow

Forties trades at parity with dated Brent; Competing Libyan barrels returning to market. Refining margins under pressure as capacity ramps up. North Sea Forties crude differentials eased on Thursday as the market remained sluggish ahead of the long Easter weekend and the window of opportunity


McDermott Signs Agreement for North Sea Spoolbase

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McDermott International, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has signed an option agreement with PD Ports which gives it the exclusive right to operate a spoolbase to serve projects in the North Sea. McDermott expects to have the facility available for projects in early 2015.


Pirates Approach Tanker in Bab El Mandeb

The U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain (MARLO) has advised that on or about 12:30 UTC on 14 April, the Master of an oil tanker reported being approached by a white-blue skiff in position 12.25.00 North - 043.43.00 East, in the Bab El Mandeb (BAM).


Schlumberger Announces Q1 Results

Paal Kibsgaard

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) today reported first-quarter 2014 revenue from continuing operations of $11.24 billion versus $11.91 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $10.57 billion in the first quarter of 2013. Income from continuing operations attributable to Schlumberger


North Sea Crude-Forties up on Lower May Supplies

North Sea Forties crude differentials rose on Wednesday as traders pointed to lower supplies in May, and rumours of possible shipments to South Korea. The May loading programme is down 13 percent month-on-month, offering support to prices


U.S. oil reserves highest since 1970s

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

U.S. exploration and production companies are finding accumulations of crude and condensates twice as fast as they are producing them, according to statistics published on Thursday. Proved reserves of crude stood at 30.5 billion barrels at the start of 2013.


Sea Star Line Vessel Used in Training Exercise

Photo: Sea Star Line

On April 2, 2014, Sea Star Line’s vessel El Faro and its employees participated in a joint training exercise at North Florida shipyards. The training exercise focused on evaluating agency procedures, communication plans and training programs to assure all agencies can respond in the most


Hong Kong Bans Import of Kumamoto Poultry

Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today, April 14, that in view of a notification from the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of high-pathogenic H5 avian influenza on a broiler farm in Kumamoto Prefecture


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 14

The damaged hull of USS Samuel B. Roberts (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 14 1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar


Cargo Sits Waiting a Fortnight in Asia: Analysts Seek Reasons

Slow steaming & Lay-up impacts: Image courtesy of Drewry Maritime Research

Jochen Gutschmidt, head of global transport procurement at Nestle, asked the Global Liner Shipping Conference in Hamburg last week: “Why is cargo waiting in Asia for two weeks?” Using data from Drewry’s latest 'Container Forecaster', just published


Foss Meets Growing Modular Business with New Barge

Image: Foss

Foss Maritime is building a new ocean-going barge that will give the company an additional asset to transport large modules both domestically and internationally. The new vessel will be Jones Act qualified. Its anticipated maiden voyage from South Korea to Alaska's rugged North Slope will take


North Sea Traders Eye VLCCs to Asia, Libya Caps

Fawley refinery (photo courtesy Exxon Mobil)

North Sea Forties crude differentials firmed on Tuesday as traders eyed two potential VLCC shipments to Asia, though gains were capped as the first cargo of Libyan crude was set to load since a deal with rebels to reopen ports. Traders have been watching the progress of two VLCCs - the BW Utah


North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia and the stuttering return of Libyan oil supplies. A strong early rally in flat-price Brent futures also kept traders on the sidelines


Treadwell: Arctic Security Should Be National Priority

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell official photo

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell delivered the keynote address yesterday at the Arctic Collaborative Workshop in Fairbanks. Treadwell discussed five reasons why Arctic national security should be a national priority: energy development and security, shipping opportunities and safety


Otto Marine's Financial Health on the Mend

Michael See Kian Heng: Photo Otto Marine

Michael See Kian Heng, Group Executive Director of Singapore-based offshore vessel owners & shipbuilders Otto Marine, says that his company reported revenue of US$512.0 million in year 2013, an increase of 36.8% over US$374.4 million in 2012


 
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